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How the water protectors won at Standing Rock

Celebrating DAPL victory in Standing Rock, December 4, 2016

The thousands of water protectors and their supporters camping by the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation scored a major victory on Sunday, December 4, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it wouldn't grant a permit to builders of the planned Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River.

The announcement, a significant milestone in the effort to compel the government to recognize Native sovereignty over tribal lands, came one day before a deadline given to protesters to clear out of the camps they had constructed to oppose construction of the pipeline. Throughout the previous week, thousands of people had arrived to protect the camp from any attempt by law enforcement to uproot it.

Questions remain about what will happen next. The Army Corps has said it will consider an alternative route, and President-elect Donald Trump favors completion of the pipeline project. But for now, the pipeline is stopped, giving protesters time to continue their organizing efforts.

Here, we publish eyewitness accounts by contributors to SocialistWorker.org from New York City—Leia Petty, Edna Bonhomme, Emily Brooks, Sumaya Awad and Dorian Bon—who traveled to North Dakota for this weekend to show solidarity with the #NoDAPL struggle.Read more

Building Solidarity with Standing Rock

Stand with Standing Rock placard
Energy Transfers Partners is racing to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline. DAPL aims to complete as much of the pipeline as possible before their permits expire at the end of the year and the depth of winter comes. But no permitting has yet been issued to cross under the Missouri river at Lake Oahe in North Dakota and this has become a pressure point for the struggle. Last week, water protectors set up a new encampment, the 1851 Treaty Camp, right in the pipeline’s path to block construction. The level of repression that was unleashed on water protectors, and protestors, has been unheard of since the Occupy movement was crushed and the National Guard and police attacked Black Lives Matter protestors in Baltimore and Ferguson. In fact the level of violence has been much more extreme. Over 300 police officers in riot gear, 8 ATVs, 5 armored vehicles, 2 helicopters, and numerous military-grade humvees showed up to crush the resistance as they pushed them back to the main camps. 40 people were injured as crowd control sound drives, bean bags, rubber bullets, and batons were used against Native Americans and others in solidarity who are just trying to insure safe drinking water for future generations. The police and national guard showed their true colors in protecting oil corporations and not ordinary people. Some 141 people were arrested last week alone, 43 of them with felony charges. In the last couple weeks, hundreds of protectors have been arrested. Given the escalating level of repression and the resistance of water protectors, solidarity with Standing Rock also continues to grow! Below are ways you can help build solidarity with these efforts.Read more

Take action in solidarity with Alexandria Shipyard workers before the verdict in their military trial

Solidarity with Alexandria Shipyard workers

On September 18, twenty-six workers from Alexandria Shipyard will find out the verdict in their military trial. Around half of them have been detained in appalling conditions in Alexandria’s overcrowded and filthy police station cells since May, when they were arrested for daring to demand their rights to health and safety at work, permanent contracts for temporary workers, and the payment of overdue bonuses

Egyptian trade union activists are appealing for international solidarity with the shipyard workers before the verdict in their case is announced. Please help spread the word and take action in the week before September 18 following the simple steps below:Read more

Alexandria shipyard workers need your support

Image of shipyard workers holding a sit-in outside a government ministry in Alexandria

More than three years since the military coup that installed the regime of Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian military government has escalated its agenda of increasing austerity, privatization, budget cuts and repression. For Egyptian workers, this has meant price increases on essential services, rising unemployment and stagnant wages.

Since coming to power, the Sisi government has targeted those linked with the 2011 revolution that overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak, as well the students and workers organizations that developed further during and after the uprising. But despite the repression, Egyptian workers have continued to resist and are rebuilding the organizations that the regime would rather disappear. Over the last year, large protests have taken place, including those organized by civil servants, doctors and high school students.

In May, workers at the Alexandria Shipyard Company staged a sit-in at the port. In addition to protesting deteriorating wages and inadequate safety procedures, workers are demanding payment of promised bonuses, which the company refuses to honor, permanent contracts for 36 temporary workers who should have received them already by law, health insurance, and the dismissal of the company's general manager.

In response to the action, management locked out the workers, and 26 were arrested and summoned in front of a military court on charges of preventing other workers from doing their jobs, as well as halting production, under Article 5 of the Constitution. Supporters are calling on workers internationally to show their solidarity with the Alexandria Shipyard workers as they face sentencing. Here, we reprint a solidarity statement from Egyptian unionists first published at the Egypt Solidarity Initiative website, along with the call to contact Egyptian government officials to demand the release of the workers.

What you can do

Solidarity activists are asking for supporters of the shipyard workers to contact Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and Minister of Labor Mohammed Safan and call for the immediate release of the Alexandria shipyard workers:

President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, Office of the President, Al-Ittihadiya Palace, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt; fax: +202-2-391-1441; e-mail: p.spokesman@op.gov.eg and Moh_moussa@op.gov.eg

Minister of Labor Mohammed Safan, 3 Yousef Abbas Street, Salah Salem, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt; e-mail: manpower@manpower.gov.eg .

Send a copy of e-mails to campaign@egyptsolidarityinitiative.net . For more information on the latest repression in Egypt and the campaign in solidarity with its victims, visit the Egypt Solidarity Initiative website .Read more

Protesting U.S.-backed repression in Egypt

International solidarity activists are raising their voices against the escalating crackdown against dissent in Egypt. In this statement published at Truth-Out.org , a group of U.S. educators protest the latest raids and detentions, which are being carried out by a government that the U.S. considers an "ally" and "partner" in the Middle East.

EGYPTIAN SECURITY forces are carrying out widespread raids and repression in response to growing social and political...Read more